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**Nubris** 2 ^ 2 = 4. Understood. 2 multiplied by itself 2 times. Simple.

2 ^ 2 ^ 2 = 16. Understood. 2 multiplied by itself 2 times, equaling 4, and multiplying that by itself 2 times to equal 16. Simple.

2 ^ 2 ^ 2 ^ 2 = 65536. What? 2 multiplied by itself 2 times, equaling 4, and multiplying that by itself 2 times to equal 16. 16 multiplied by itself twice, to equal 256, right? No, 65,536. Why?

Please explain this very simply to me like I'm five. As simple as they are, exponents confuse me when they go beyond x ^ y. According to the power rule, you're supposed to multiple the exponents together right? Well, it doesn't work here from what I can tell.